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New Joplin street "themes" slated for Main and 20th streets

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Hairdresser Peggy Webb is all about keeping good appearances.  But there's something about South Main Street, in front of where she works.

"Well, I think it's pretty stark, actually," says Webb.

Compare where Webb works to parts of more north Main Street, in front of Joplin's city hall, and you'll notice a difference you can see and feel.

"The streets are horrible.  It's like a washboard when you drive," says Webb.

"In the case of Main Street, we kept referring to it as, that is the first thing that people see when they come that main corridor.  That is their first impression of Joplin," says city engineer Dan Johnson.

So, city engineers say it's time to revamp parts of South Main Street, in between 15th and 32nd streets.  City engineers want to hire a couple of outside engineers to open the doors of creativity.

"It may be very similar all the way through," says Johnson.  "It could have a couple of different themes."

Themes made of unique lighting and planters, like the ones elsewhere on Main Street.

The city also wants to put themes on 20th Street, from Main Street to Rangeline Road.  Some new sidewalks sound good to 20th Street resident Andrew Seavy.

"Can be a few issues at night, sometimes, with cars coming through here really fast.  If we want to walk anywhere with the kids, it's really difficult with the lack of sidewalks," says Seavy.

Engineers promise future meetings with residents like Seavy and Webb to talk about any other ideas of improvement.

"It needs to blend," says Johnson.

And in the end, a little extra plant life along the roads could bring a lot of fresh air.

"You only have one chance to make a first impression," says Webb.

Tonight's pending approval by City Council for the outside engineers is the last step needed for construction work to begin on the projects.  The open-discussion meetings between engineers and residents will be scheduled at a later time.

"We don't like to limit ourselves to what we will be doing out there," says Johnson.  "I think it's important that we will be taking a very proactive approach at involving all the stakeholders."  

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